Deadly Bronx apartment building fire claims multiple lives, leaves dozens severely injured

A deadly fire broke out at a high-rise apartment building in the Bronx on Sunday.

According to the New York Post, the blaze left at least 19 people dead, including nine children. However, it is possible that the death toll will continue to rise, as at least 32 other individuals sustained life-threatening injuries and are currently being treated.

This makes the fire one of the most deadly in New York City’s history.

It is deadlier than the Bronx apartment building fire that claimed the lives of 13 people in December of 2017. However, it is nowhere near as deadly as the fire that took place in March 1990 at the Happy Land social club, which claimed the lives of 87 people.

What happened?

Early reports indicate that the fire was likely caused by a malfunctioning space heater on the second or third floor of the building, which altogether has 19 stories. The space heater was running in a bedroom of the duplex apartment to help fight off the cold.

One of the duplex’s doors was left open, which allowed the smoke to spread throughout the building.

The fire broke out at about 11 a.m. on Sunday. The fire was extinguished within roughly one hour.

Part of the tragedy of this situation is that residents of the building are suggesting that many may have ignored the fire alarm that was set off by the fire. According to some residents, the fire alarm goes off frequently, so much so that at least one resident said that he turns the volume on his television up in anticipation of the repeated false alarms.

Controversy

It is being reported that some 200 firefighters responded to the massive fire.

Notably, there are some reports that are suggesting that some of the initial fire engines that arrived on the scene were understaffed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that such a shortage impacted the abilities of the responding departments.

New York officials, however, have denied such reports. They claim that the fire crews that arrived on the tragic scene were all fully staffed.

According to the New York Post, Eric Adams (D), the new mayor of New York City, called the fire “a horrific, horrific painful moment for the City of New York.”

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